We need a custom designed Mac OS X application icon for software in the financial sector. The icon needs to show a beautiful, realistic looking magpie holding a coin in its beak.
The bird must undoubtedly be recognizable as an European Magpie with its uniquely greenish-blue shadowed wings. Please refer to the attached photos. It needs to be freestanding unless you can come up with a creative way of having it placed on a branch or similar that doesn't make the whole icon look clumsy in OS X' dock.
Important: The design can be artistic, but it needs to be as lifelike as possible. Mac OS X icons often feature a photorealistic style, and so needs your design. We prefer a design with rich detail, similar to the detail resembled in the attached "PicturesToExe" sample image.
Evenly important is the posture of the bird: In order to function nicely as an application icon the image’s height must not be too big - the bird fitting into square measure would be ideal. The best solution to this problem we came up with is to let the birds head point to the left facing its tail, as shown in the sample image, but maybe can come up with a better solution?
(Please don't limit your ideas to the style shown in the attached sample. It should only help visualizing a possible posture of the bird holding its coin.)
The coin it is holding can either be a realistic-looking Euro coin or some simple, abstracted design like the one featured in the attached image. It needs to be silver or golden. The point is to illustrate by the thievish character of a magpie in a slightly funny yet serious way the quirks of financial business.
Required minimum size is 1024x1024 pixels. The icon needs to look good at a range from 32x32 up to 1024x1024. Vector format is preferred over bitmap format.
The background of the icon must be transparent, or, if necessary, feature an very unobtrusive background.
Thanks in advance for your effort and time!